The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and representative of Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC) Colonel Naser Hajid Al Otaibi, have made agreements to strengthen their partnership in the fight against trafficking of illicit drugs between the two countries.
This was contained in a communique issued by NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi on Wednesday.
This partnership was the high point of discussions between both parties in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday.
In his welcome remark to the Saudi Arabia’s official, Gen. Marwa thanked Saudi authorities for their past support.
He said considering the need for an enduring partnership, “We propose a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the two agencies in combating trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, and its precursors to GDNC for consideration and signing just like we recently did with the Drug Law Enforcement Agency in the Gambia.”
In tackling the issue of drug trafficking, the NDLEA boss asked the Saudi government for support especially in the areas of technical assistance and donation of equipment such as scanners, forensic laboratories and the building of rehabilitation centres.
The GDNC representative, however, invited Gen. Marwa to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia so as to enable further discussions on various aspects of collaboration between the NDLEA and the GDNC.
The NDLEA boss accepted the invitation, hoping that it will provide the opportunity to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the partnership between the two anti-narcotic agencies.